The Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan regrets for the executive order issued by the U.S. Administration renewing the sanctions against Sudan and considers it as an unjustified decision against human rights and Sudanese people.
In what has by now become an irrational routine so thoroughly entrenched in U.S. policy, the White House has once again renewed the completely, inexcusable unilateral sanctions that the U.S. has imposed against Sudan since 1997. There is no question that this is an unproductive “leverage” that the U.S. government is solely misusing. The maintenance of these sanctions for the past 19 years was premised on one false issue after another. Their lifting has always been conditioned on goals that, once met by Sudan, invariably give birth to new ones that now become the condition. Meanwhile, the innocent Sudanese continue to suffer under this policy that even the United Nations condemns as “legally and practically bankrupt”! Moreover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of the Unilateral Coercive Measures on Human Rights, Idriss Jazairy has confirmed in a 2015 Report that the unilateral U.S sanction imposed on Sudan mounts to a violation of Human Rights.
The irony is that the National Security is cited as a reason for perpetuating the sanctions. Yet they turn around and praise Sudan’s vital cooperation in counterterrorism in the State Department Annual Report on Terrorism for the past fourteen years. It is completely confusing to have such a situation where the country that is allegedly said to threaten the U.S National Security is highly appreciated by the State Department in one of its latest statements, a part of which reads: "Sudan's continued cooperation will bolster international efforts to combat terrorism in broader region" . What undoubtedly will jeopardize any National Security is the polarization and alienation that results from people perceiving a given set of actions or attitude as utterly unjust and uncalled for. And unfortunately the Sudanese people which once highly regarded the U.S. government is increasingly adopting the same opinion and posture held by those in the Middle East. Surely this is not the reputation one would want to create if the goal is to build a bridge.
Sanctions is a program intended to devastate communities wholesale and create unrest in countries. There are examples where the U.S.-imposed “targeted” sanctions were directly responsible for the deaths of millions, half of whom were children. And in Sudan, U.S. sanctions have only worked to compound the suffering of a population that is already weary from the global financial meltdown from which the world economies are reeling. It is unfortunate that this administration has failed to rectify this colossal mistake and has instead opted to retain the failed policy. The U.S. policy makers must at some point come to terms with the fact that times and circumstances do change. And so routines must change, and it should begin by correcting this egregious policy responsible for economic injustices against the innocent citizens of Sudan.